Boris Johnson will not replace the disgraced Deputy Mayor for young people Ray Lewis, it was announced today, as further signs emerged that Team Cameron are losing their grip on City Hall.
Asked by Dave Hill at today's monthly press conference about his plans to relaunch his youth strategy, Boris said that a new strategy would be released in November.
However, on the question of who would head the strategy he conceded that:
"We are not going to be replacing the former Deputy Mayor for Youth in quite the same way but we will be having a panel of ambassadors."
Boris gave no hint as to who will be included on the panel, but there were at least some signs today that common sense may be returning to City Hall.
Boris Mark II?
Asked when Policy Exchange chief and neo-con hawk Anthony Browne would be starting work, Boris replied vaguely that he would be beginning 'soonish' and quickly moved on.
But after a pause he quickly remembered his other new employee and gave an enthusiastic welcome to his new environmental advisor and former Ken appointee Isabel Dedring.
He said that Dedring was 'extremely gifted' and applauded her work at driving through Ken's plans for hybrid buses against all bureaucratic obstacles.
These were of course the same hybrid buses that Boris was so scornful of during the campaign and Dedring was part of the same organisation singled out for culling by Wheatcroft, Parker and co.
So what exactly has changed over the summer, and how has Boris gone from being the champion of the Right, to being a union appeasing, think tank baiting, consensus achieving modern politician?
Well first of all it is important not to get carried away. There are still many battles ahead and with the arrival of Anthony Browne, things could turn very sour indeed.
But since the departure of Tim Parker over the summer, there has been a definite momentum towards common sense at City Hall.
And with the almost complete and abject failure of the Cameron-led project to install his team at Boris's shoulder, it has been the Milton and the borough boys who have moved in to claim the throne.
And with the return of local government to local government leaders, there should hopefully be some return to the realities of day-to-day administration, which are so alien to the ideologues at CCHQ.